Unlike many automakers who tend to describe their products as “all-new” even though they only feature minor changes, Volvo has the right to call the latest XC90 SUV all-new, because that’s exactly what it is.
Consumer Reports’ Mike Quincy fully agrees with that assessment, but is that enough for the latest Volvo XC90 to be considered a luxury SUV?
Well, the interior is definitely worthy of the luxury tag, with the reviewer describing it as “wonderfully appealing.” The tested model featured the optional air suspension system, which translates into soft body motions – something expected of a luxury car.
However, the fact that the XC90 is offered exclusively with four-cylinder engines may be a problem for some buyers, who associate big luxury SUVs with V6 and V8 engines. While the XC90’s four-cylinder engine does its job well, it’s not as smooth and doesn’t sound as good as a V6. That and the XC90’s price may represent turn-offs for customers.